White on black : images of Africa and blacks in western popular culture

Wit over zwart. English
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Nederveen Pieterse, Jan
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"White on Black is a compelling visual history of the development of Western stereotypes of black people over the last two hundred years. Its purpose is to show the pervasiveness of prejudice again...

"White on Black is a compelling visual history of the development of Western stereotypes of black people over the last two hundred years. Its purpose is to show the pervasiveness of prejudice against blacks in Europe and America as expressed in stock-in-trade racist imagery and caricature. Reproducing a wide range of powerful illustrations - from engravings and lithographs to advertisements, chocolate wrappers, biscuit tins, dolls, posters and comic strips - the book exposes the hidden assumptions of even those who view themselves as unprejudiced." "Jan Nederveen Pieterse sets Western images of Africa and blacks in a chronological framework, analysing representations from medieval times, from the colonial period with its explorers, settlers and missionaries, from the eras of slavery and abolition, and from the present day. He examines the persistence of stereotypical images in the multicultural societies of the twentieth century, and in their relations with Africa." "Pieterse reveals the key images by which Blacks have commonly been depicted in the West: as servants, entertainers, and athletes, and as mythical figures such as Sambo and Uncle Tom in the United States, Golliwog in Britain, Bamboula in France and Black Peter in The Netherlands. Looking at conventional portrayals of blacks in the nursery, in the area of sexuality, and in commerce and advertising, Pieterse explores the conceptual roots of these recurring stereotypes." "The images presented in the book, selected from a substantial collection of negrophilia from around the world, have a direct and dramatic impact. They raise disturbing questions about the expression of power within popular culture, and the force of caricature, humour and parody as instruments of oppression."--BOOK JACKET.

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by Jan Nederveen Pieterse
  • New Haven : Yale University Press, 1992
Physical Details
  • 259 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
9780300050202, 0300050208

  • Translation of: Wit over zwart.
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.

  • I. Africa. 1. Imagery of Eurocentrism. Images of the world. Europe's Africa. 2. Savages, Animals, Heathens, Races. Europe's savages. Africans as savages. Africans and animals. Children of Ham. The science of race. 3. Slavery and Abolitionism. Abolitionism and racism. 4. In the Dark Continent. 'Dr. Livingstone, I presume?'. Mission. The missionary as hero and the evil witch doctor. 5. Colonialism and Western Popular Culture. Warriors versus soldiers. Africans in European uniform. The Scramble for Africa. Scenes of colonialism. Colonial ethnography. Colonial exhibitions. Westernization humour. 6. Images of Apartheid. Glimpses of the prehistory of apartheid. Apartheid. 7. On Adventure in Africa. From Robinson Crusoe to Tarzan. Safari. Cannibals -- II. In the West. 8. Servants. 'Sometimes a Moor'. 9. Entertainers. Minstrels. Song and dance. Sixteen bananas. Sport. 10. Popular Types. America: Sambo, Coon, Rastus, Tom, Uncle, Mammy, Buck. England: Golliwog. Germany: Sarotti-Mohr. France: Bamboula, Batoualette, Banania. Netherlands: Black Peter. 11. Kidstuff. 12. Libido in Colour. America: Libido and Lynching. Europe: Venus and Eunuch. 13. Blacks in Advertising. Gapers, Moors. Tobacco products. Rum, cocoa, chocolate, coffee. Washing the Moor white. Fruit. Trends -- III. Power and Image. 14. White Negroes. Situations: Irishmen, Chinese, Jews. Perspectives: Sexism, Classism, Racism. 15. Image and Power. Imagologic. Otherness is historical. 'We have met the enemy and he is us'
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